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7 June, 2013 07:00   ▪  

Yanukovych wants the election system changed

In his annual address to the Verkhovna Rada, President Viktor Yanukovych suggested improving the election system by switching to an open list system with preference vote

“To improve the election system and election procedures, measures, such as a switch to preference party list voting (open list system – Ed.), should be considered,” the address says.

Also, the President recommended giving priority representation in oblast election committees to parties that have their factions in the acting Verkhovna Rada, and forming the election committees on a proportionate basis, based on the number of candidates the parties nominate in single-member constituencies.  

“It is also necessary to restrict the right of political parties to delegate their representatives to district election committees to those single-member constituencies only, where they nominate their candidates,” the document says. According to the President, the return of single-member constituencies has given Ukrainians more power to influence the composition of the Verkhovna Rada, closer connection of MPs and voters, and a higher degree of political accountability of MPs.

Apart from that, Yanukovych suggested setting the maximum amount of funds political parties and candidates in parliamentary elections can spend on their campaigns, and called on the legislature to prepare new election legislation based on European political and legal standards.

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